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Bruxism is a term used to describe grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis. While it might not seem to be such a serious problem at first, the unnatural forces created by the extreme pressure can potentially cause a chip in one or more of your teeth.

Even if the chipped tooth doesn’t cause discomfort, Dr. Charles Anderson still recommends having it repaired at Anderson Dentistry. In time, the damaged tooth enamel could harbor bacteria and stray food residue to establish a new cavity.

Sometimes a small chip can be repaired with a basic composite or amalgam filling. If a large area of tooth enamel was damaged, Dr. Charles Anderson might recommend a full dental crown restoration.

This piece of dental work is designed to replicate the original tooth enamel layer. It is typically made from either porcelain, gold, or base metallic alloys. The crown itself is hollow to allow it to be anchored on an abutment that is formed out of the dentin, pulp and root of the tooth.

Once Dr. Charles Anderson has cleared away the entire tooth enamel layer, he will make a detailed impression of the abutment and the neighboring teeth. This also includes the teeth in your bite pattern that will meet seamlessly with your final crown.

The impression will be sent to an off-site dental lab where your new crown will be custom made. To protect it while you wait, a temporary crown will be cemented over the abutment to keep it safe. Just keep in mind that the temporary crown will not restore the tooth’s full function to bite or chew hard foods.

When the dental lab technician has completed the crown, you will need to come back in to have it installed. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment, the newly restored tooth will last you for many years to come.

If you live in the Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, area and you have suffered a chipped tooth, you should call 843-884-2021 to have it treated and repaired at Anderson Dentistry.